Since September 2004, Deaf people have been involved with Riverside Church and have experienced a positive attitude and great welcome. Each week since 2004, Riverside has provided a qualified Sign Language Interpreter at one of their Sunday morning services and has always been keen to make sure that Deaf people can access all parts of the service. In January 2006 the Home Group for Deaf people and BSL Users was set up and we have run two successful BSL Alpha Courses in 2007 and 2008 and 2009. Two Deaf people became Christians this year through the Alpha Course. 1 Corinthians 12:12 “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one body.” This is what we see in Riverside: Deaf and Hearing people have differences, but we work together as one community, serving Jesus in one spirit.
Services for Deaf People in Riverside
|Sunday mornings||Every Sunday morning at 9:30am a Qualified BSL Interpreter is provided for Deaf people to integrate into the hearing service based at Queensbridge School: For more information about services, click here.|
|Word Of Hands (Christian fellowship for Deaf people)||Word of hands runs on the 1st Sunday of every month (apart from January). Next dates for 2013:
Sunday 7th April
|Tuesday evening||At 7:30pm, there is a Home Group for Deaf people and BSL users, meeting at Jay and Elizabeth Thomas-Morton’s house for Bible study and discussion. During half-terms / breaks we arrange social events such as meals, bowling, pub, etc.|
|Alpha Course for Deaf People||Runs up to two times a year based at Riverside House.|
Have a look at BSL Daily Devotions – great daily devotions for deaf Christians.
Deaf Christian Events
- DY4C 18-35 (Deaf Youth For Christ) events take place across the United Kingdom.Previous events were held at Northern Ireland, Leicester, Middlesbrough, London, Birmingham, Reading, Gloustershire, etc. To find out about the next DY4C weekend event, click here to see more information and go to DY4C Facebook group to see information about further events.
- Go! Sign Website has more information and events for Deaf Christians across the UK.
- EDCY 18-35 (European Deaf Christian Youth) runs every two years across Europe. It’s a Deaf Christian Youth Holiday Conference which has previously been held at Lithuania, Holland, Estonia, Sweden and Switzerland. The next EDCY event will be held in England on summer 2013, check up at www.edcy2013.co.uk for dates, prices and location.